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Risker’s Classic success

Tommy Risker
Tommy Risker

Young golfer Tommy Risker is looking forward to a bright future after landing victory in the South Cliff Classic.

With two superb nett 67s, the 13-year-old Graham School pupil held off runner-up Pete Braithwaite, who managed a 36-hole total of 137.

This was quite an achievement for Risker, who was up against 60-70 players from across the north of England.

He said: “To have won it is very humbling really.

“It was an open competition against players from all over, so that makes it a bit better.

“The wheels looked like they were coming off a bit towards the end because I dropped three shots in the last four holes, before that I was heading towards level par.

“Maybe the pressure got to me a bit, but I’d done enough to make sure that I won it.”

It has been a quick-fire rise for Risker, who only started playing the game four years ago.

The South Cliff youngster is now playing off a handicap of 5.7 and he has high hopes for his future in the game.

He added: “I haven’t been playing for that long, but I practice every night and my coaching from Ivan Oliver helps a lot.

“My ambition is just to push on and be the best that I can be.

“The dream is to play the game professionally, but there are a lot of players out there with that exact same ambition.”

The Plate competition was won by John McGlinchey with a fine nett 68, pushing Iain Anderson into runners-up spot on the back nine.

The prize for the Over-18 handicaps was won by Mick Baxter on 147 with runner-up Sean Mitchell a further three shots back.